Please provide us with the following information when submitting an inquiry, and someone from the Trefler’s team will help you determine the next steps.

Please describe your item(s) in as much detail as possible. Information such as dimensions, what materials the item is made of (i.e. wood, plaster, porcelain), and your item’s current condition are all very helpful for our experts to make an accurate estimate.

We suggest providing at least three .jpg images per item. These should include; one image of the entire object, and detailed views of the area(s) of damage and/or pieces. 

If you are submitting an inquiry for painting restoration, please provide an additional photograph of the back of the canvas.

Our team will review all inquiries and assess the best course of action to suit your needs.

We look forward to hearing from you.


    Our Services

    Decorative Arts

    About Trefler’s Decorative Arts Department

    our expertise

    Trefler’s decorative arts department has over 45 years of combined experience in cleaning, repairing and conserving decorative art objects. Our artists utilize the safest cleaning techniques to ensure the highest quality result without causing potential future damage to any item. We specialize in restoring everything from porcelain, ceramics, glass and crystal. 

    repair & restore

    Our artists thoughtfully assess existing damage and map out the best course of action to not only restore an item’s appearance, but also its structural integrity, thus ensuring a lasting repair for every piece.

    Examples of the types of restoration we see most commonly include repairing broken pieces, fabricating missing parts, glass grinding to remove chipped rims or edges, hand painting and or airbrushing.


    Our team encounters a wide variety of materials through our work. Below are just a few of the materials we have experience in working with. 

    Architectural Elements: crown moldings, hearths, plasterwork. etc.

    Works in Progress

    “Our goal is always to maintain as much of the original piece as possible, while delivering impeccable results.”

    sara jones | swampscott, MA

    restoration projects

    • An antique carousel horse is restored

      This antique carousel horse was brought to Trefler’s as part of a larger fire claim which included an incredible private collection of fine and decorative artworks. The capabilities of our full-service studio, coupled with the trained hands of our skilled restorers, allowed our team to address damage to the wide array of objects, antiques and artworks that were affected by this unanticipated and unfortunate event.

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    • Framing a Soviet-era shawl woven with family history

      This beautiful Russian shawl was brought into Trefler’s framing department with a story that spans three generations of women.

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    • A Sentimental Armoire Gets An Update

      This piece was incredibly sentimental to its owner, however its original finish was heavy and no longer suited its contemporary surroundings. With the ambition to give this armoire a new aesthetic, Trefler’s furniture department worked extensively with the client to create a custom finish that would re-imagine the piece of furniture by simply refinishing it.

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    • A Family’s Dollhouse is Restored For Future Generations

      This dollhouse was originally played with by Boston architect John Hubbard Sturgis, who would later come to design the Codman House in Lincoln, MA, and the personal residence of Isabella Stewart Gardner.

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    • Original Boston Garden Benches are Given a Custom Base

      This historic artifact was once part of the Boston Garden, and was later acquired by a private collector through a local fundraiser. With hopes of preserving the history of the benches, while also restoring their function, their new owner enlisted Trefler’s team to ensure these benches could be appreciated for years to come.

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    • An Asian Figurine is Put Back Together

      This antique Asian figurine came to Trefler’s in several pieces after taking a fall. Our Decorative Arts Department securely re-attached the figure’s head and shoe. Filling and sanding of the fractured areas was required in order to ensure a smooth surface texture. Finally, the affected areas were painted and color matched to the original glazing, restoring it to its former self.

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    • An Iconic Steamer Trunk is Conserved

      This Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk came to Trefler’s for minor conservation and cleaning. It was presented with its original paper tags and stickers. During its lifetime, its various owners made sure to take the right measures to preserve this artifact. Despite this, it still required some care and attention to help keep it in tip top shape!

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